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Rugby World Cup Golden Moments
Rugby World Cup Golden Moments
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Rugby World Cup Golden Moments

There have been a huge number of memorable moments in the 20-year history of the Rugby World Cup. Think of the last minute drop-goals to beat Australia by Rob Andrew (in 1995), and Johnny Wilkinson...

Format: DVD
Duration: 90 min.
Zone: 2

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Rugby World Cup 2007 Official Travel Guide
Rugby World Cup 2007 Official Travel Guide
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Author: Donna Dailey; Hope Caton; Mike Gerrard

Rugby World Cup 2007 Official Travel Guide

The only authorized guide for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, this full-color reference to the world's third largest sporting event is packed with stadium maps and information on sports bars, big screen rugby...
  
Format: Softcover 

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The History of the Rugby World Cup
The History of the Rugby World Cup
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Author: Gerald Davies

The History of the Rugby World Cup

Featuring interviews with players past and present, including Sean Fitzpatrick, Jonathan Davies, Philippe Sella, Will Carling, Keith Wood and Martin Johnson, this guide offers a detailed analysis of the...
  
Format: Paperback 

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Rugby! What Rugby?
Rugby! What Rugby?
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Author: Roger Entwistle

Rugby! What Rugby? Rugby World Cup 2007

Category: Humour
  
Format: Softcover
Pages: 72
Illustrations: 8   

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The Official ITV Sport Rugby World Cup 2007 Guide
The Official ITV Sport Rugby World Cup 2007 Guide
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Author: Chris Hawkes

The Official ITV Sport Rugby World Cup 2007 Guide

"The Rugby World Cup 2007 Guide" gives the reader all they need to know about the sixth contest for the Webb Ellis Trophy. The book features a guide to all 20 competing teams, with information on their...
  
Format: Softcover 

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category: Rugby World Cup
MATCH REPORTS

Awful Azzuri win ugly

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September 12th, 2007

Italy ground out a 24-18 victory against Romania in a forgettable match in Marseille.

Romania were their own worst enemy, conceding a multitude of penalties in the second half which ultimately cost them the opportunity of an upset victory.

But don’t let the closeness of the scoreline fool you into thinking this was a match of any quality. The thousands who filled the Stade Velodrome were treated to the worst match of the tournament.

Devoid of structure and marred by handling errors from both sides, this contest was a painful one to watch for neutrals and must have been horrible for those faithful to either side. The Italians, woeful against New Zealand at the weekend, were expected to make a exponential improvement against their European counterparts. Instead, they were dragged to Romania’s level, and looked a shadow of the highly competitive unit that performed admirably in the Six Nations.

The Romanians were always expected to maintain parity at scrum time but troubled a normally efficient Italian lineout, ensuring that the Azzuri backline never had clean ball to work with. When they did, they only managed to spill the ball or take poor options.

Romania, for all their heart on defence, showed little to no ability to engineer anything beyond predictable drives around the ruck fringe on attack. Their ball protection in contact and at the breakdown was terrible, resulting in numerous turnovers.

Italy however failed to capitalise on this, and had to rely on an error from Romania scrumhalf Lucian Sirbu for their opening try. Attempting to execute the pass for a clearance the No 9 spilled the ball backwards for Italy flyhalf Ramiro Pez to scoop up and offload to Santiago Dellape’ who powered over. David Bortolussi added three points later in the half but that was as good as it got for the Italy.

Eight-nil at half-time would have pleased Romania and they sent Italian hearts racing when Alexandru Manta crossed after an impressive driving maul, before Marius Tincu muscled through weak defence to take his side four points clear, Ionut Dimofte converting the score. But consistent spoiling tactics at rucks and mauls by Romania had played on Tony Spreadbury’s last nerve and the referee duly binned Manta.

The message clearly hadn’t got through though, and Italy were awarded a penalty try shortly after. Pez added the extras and three more penalties to allay fears of an upset.

Italy will tell you the win was all that mattered, playing down talk of missing a bonus point. But for a side with quarter-final ambitions, this performance simply wasn’t good enough.

By Ryan Vrede

Italy - Tries: Santiago Dellape’, penalty try. Conversion: Ramiro Pez. Penalties: David Bortolussi, Pez (3)
Romania- Tries: Alexandru Manta, Marius Tincu. Penalties: Ionut Dimofte (2). Conversion: Ionut Dimofte

Posted by Ryan | Keo.co.za





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